The Cleveland Browns on Sunday night relieved General Manager Ray Farmer and Head Coach Mike Pettine of their duties.
Farmer joined the organization in March of 2013 as the Assistant General Manager and was promoted to General Manager in February of 2014.
Pettine was named the 15th full-time head coach of the Browns on January 23, 2013. In two full seasons with the team, he compiled at 10-22 record.
"We greatly appreciate Ray’s and Mike’s dedication and hard work while with the Cleveland Browns," Jimmy Haslam said in a statement."We’ve made this decision because we don’t believe our football team was positioned well for the future. We are all disappointed with where we are and we take full responsibility. We will approach the search for our next football coach and executives to lead our football operations with a clear vision regarding what we need to do to build a successful organization. We will be methodical in looking for strong, smart leaders with high character who are relentlessly driven to improve our football team, willing to look at every resource possible to improve, and who embrace collaboration to ultimately make the best decisions for the Cleveland Browns. We are fully committed to bringing our fans the winning organization they so clearly deserve.”
Pettine finished his two seasons in Cleveland with a 10-22 record, after starting off with a 7-4 mark in 2014. Following his first 11 games, however, Pettine put together just a 3-18 mark over his final 21 games as head coach of the Browns.
Multiple reports indicated on Sunday morning, and even Saturday night, that Haslam had already made the decision to fire Pettine and had begun to piece together the intervieiwing process, focusing on Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase and former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone.
The firing of Pettine marks the third consecutive time that a Browns coach has coached less than three seasons.
Eric Mangini coached the team from 2010 through 2012 and Rob Chudzinski coached the team in 2013 before Pettine was brought in prior to the 2014 season.
On Sunday, the Browns fell to the Steelers 28-12, making Pettine's record against Cleveland's archrival just 1-3 in four contests.
Cleveland's only wins this season came against the Tennesee Titans, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.
Fred Greetham contributed to this report
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